By Karen A. Soukiasian
So, someone you know, has a new puppy or dog…now what? Most experienced dog owners know dogs need a lot of stuff so it’s easy to find great dog owner gifts.
Because there are many items a first-time owner will not think of, until they need it, we’ve put together a great list of perfect dog owner gifts.
Our list includes items that every dog owner can use. Find one that is most agreeable with your wallet.
Popper scooper – Every dog owner appreciates a good pooper scooper! They sure come in handy for the dreaded yard detail!
Disposable poopie bags – Responsible dog owners don’t leave home without them!
Record book – A convenient place to record and contain veterinarian visits, shot records, licenses, weight records and other medical information and documentation.
Breed book – There are books on almost every breed imaginable…even the All-American mutt.
First-aid book for dogs – A quick reference source, for when the puppy or dog has an inevitable injury or health issue.
Large airtight plastic box – For the doggie first-aid. Attach on the inside lid, a laminated card with the phone numbers for their veterinarian, the local emergency veterinarian and poison control.
Dog first-aid kit – It’s a fact, sooner or later, every dog owner will need one. Throw in: a pair of tweezers, scissors, rectal thermometer, a bottle of Pepto Bismol, buffered baby aspirin, Benadryl, space blanket, chemical self activating hot and cold packs, gauze rolls -2″ and 3″, absorbent gauze pads – 2″, 4″ and 5 ” squares, Kwik Stop or cornstarch, eyewash, splinter remover, lubricant-Vaseline or non-spermicidal KY Jelly, rubber gloves, stethoscope, activated charcoal tablets, flashlight, jackknife, cotton balls, magnifying glass, powdered Gatorade packet, bottle of Karo syrup, Syrup of Ipecac, hemostats or long-nose pliers, cotton-tip swabs, anti-biotic ointment, vet wrap, peroxide, alcohol towelettes, baby wipes and a pair of old stockings…to make a muzzle if need be.
Tool box – Great way to keep grooming supplies such as scissors, nail clippers, combs, brushes, shampoo in one handy place.
Grooming supplies – Comb, brush, shampoo, towels, clippers, and a pair of scissors.
Puppy pen/playpen – It won’t take a novice owner long, before they realize it is not a good idea to give the puppy the run of the house, especially when they cannot be supervised. Puppy pens or puppy corrals are a great way to keep them safe. For a small puppy, a thrift shop is a terrific place to pick up a used playpen.
Gift certificates – Every dog owner appreciates gift certificates! Gift certificates are available for almost everything. Consider giving one for obedience training, boarding, grooming, and even treats/food.
Car restraints – For their safety and for the owner’s safety, dogs should be restrained when riding in a car. There are travel crates, seatbelts and other restraints such as barriers, available specifically for that purpose.
Water toys – Child’s swimming pool, children’s water mister or lawn sprinkler are fun. Many dogs love to cool down with water after a hard work out. Why not provide them with their own little water park?
IOU – Don’t have money for any of the above. Give a few “coupons” to be used “as needed,” for dog sitting or dog walking. That is a gift they will really appreciate and it doesn’t cost a dime. It’s also a wonderful way for you to bond with the new pet.
Bottom line: Guarantee any one of these dog owner gifts will be a huge hit and much appreciated!
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